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Ed Weber
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How do you do it?
Jul 9th, 2017 at 8:37am
 
We've all seen pieces that give us that little spark and we think to ourselves,"I've got to try that"
This week's question is in multiple choice form but we still want to hear the story. Maybe all or none of the answers apply to you, tell us why/how.

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When first attempting a project or technique that is new to you, how do you typically go about it?
A. Do you attempt to figure it out on your own? (research, experiment, trial & error)
B. Do you ask for advice or input from other turners? (whether in person or online)
C. Do you take a class or attend a demonstration? (you prefer to see how it's done)
D. Do you try to contact the original artist or an "expert" in that particular craft or process?
E. Other
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Re: How do you do it?
Reply #1 - Jul 9th, 2017 at 9:56am
 
I always figure it out for myself. I have a hard time asking for help.
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Reply #2 - Jul 9th, 2017 at 11:51am
 
I took several classes with well known professionals, in workshop studios. One of the greatest "take aways" from these workshops was an understanding of mounting things on a lathe respecting the physics of what happens when rotation occurs.
I also watch videos, and sometimes contact another turner to bounce ideas around. We are limited only by our imagination and of course physics.
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Reply #3 - Jul 9th, 2017 at 4:41pm
 
Ed

That is a good question and something all of us can learn from others

For me it is like this

1. Find as much info about it I can either on the YouTube or asking questions.  (I already have enough body damage and do not care for anymore in trying to find things out on my own.)

In the one I guess I answered all of your 5 you asked.
I do try to do some simple things on my own, however, I was lucky enough to ask Lyle Jamieson some questions and he ended up coming to my house three times between his demonstrations and it was the same with Rudy Lopez and John Beaver to.

To me if I do not ask questions I will not find out the answers and I have found that Turners are a fine bunch that is willing to share.   Thumbs Up
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Reply #4 - Jul 9th, 2017 at 4:48pm
 
Frank Padden wrote on Jul 9th, 2017 at 9:56am:
I always figure it out for myself. I have a hard time asking for help.



Frank

I was in the same boat until I was in the bombing in the middle east and broken 16 bones in my neck and back and ribs and ankles, and a bone in my brain which they thought was a tumor but when they went in it was a bone from a fellow soldier.  I was in a wheel chair for almost 6 years and with almost 50% brain damage.  I also went to the VA to learn all over again how to read and write and cognitive thinking for 7 years.

What I am saying is do not wait to ask for help.  Asking for help gets you a new friend and finding new ways to do things.
Also to me it was a bitter pill to swallow but once I did I feel I am a more rounded person.  Thumbs Up
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Re: How do you do it?
Reply #5 - Jul 9th, 2017 at 5:48pm
 
. Do you ask for advice or input from other turners? (whether in person or online)
First ask  for  help.   then  go for it.
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Reply #6 - Jul 10th, 2017 at 8:33am
 
I use A, B and D.

I try it myself. When I fail miserably  Smiley, I look to the web, books and DVD's to see what I should have done. When I still don't get it right, I contact the turner whose work I saw that started me down the road. I have found that, by and large, turners are very generous with their advice and instruction.

I would like to take more classes and attend demos, but there are not a lot of opportunities to do that in my neck of the woods in Canada. Travelling to the US and spending US dollars is simply not in my budget now or in the foreseeable future.
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Re: How do you do it?
Reply #7 - Jul 10th, 2017 at 9:23am
 
Grant Wilkinson wrote on Jul 10th, 2017 at 8:33am:
I use A, B and D.

I try it myself. When I fail miserably  Smiley, I look to the web, books and DVD's to see what I should have done. When I still don't get it right, I contact the turner whose work I saw that started me down the road.

Good summary Grant, I think many people follow this template.

How far you go down the alphabet usually depends on you're results when trying scenario A.

Everyone "learns" (absorbs & retains information) differently, there is no right or wrong way.
Some can see a project and immediately "get it", without the need for much if any additional information. Others may want/need a step-by-step instruction to guide them through the process.
keep you're reply's coming, it's just another way to help others on the forum learn.
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Reply #8 - Jul 10th, 2017 at 12:52pm
 
A. I try to figure it out for myself (with lots of help from YouTube).  Wink
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Reply #9 - Jul 10th, 2017 at 3:56pm
 
I like to see how it is done, then start my "what if..." ideas going to see if I can take it another step further... Shocked
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Re: How do you do it?
Reply #10 - Jul 11th, 2017 at 9:17am
 
I see it on a youtube video.
I go home and try it.
I go to emergency room.
I take class.
I try my hand at pottery. Grin
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Reply #11 - Jul 13th, 2017 at 1:43pm
 
ask you guys first. then try it out to get my twist on things.

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Re: How do you do it?
Reply #12 - Jul 15th, 2017 at 6:32am
 
I usually try to figure it out on my own, and if that doesn't work, I ask other turners.

I have taken some classes, and have always walked away with good information, but don't go to the classes for a specific reason other than to learn what that particular turner has to teach.
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